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How is it to live in Lithuania

Life in Lithuania has high standards of living, social security, comprehensive healthcare, excellent education, and transport infrastructure.

The country is recognized for having an excellent education and qualified instructors. The quality of life in Lithuania is always good because it has low pollution, excellent healthcare, and high standards of living at a lower cost than most Western European countries.

You can be ready for anything if you consider the positive and negative aspects beforehand. Take a moment to check out how living in Lithuania is.

How’s life

There are many factors that you need to consider if you want to live in Lithuania:

  • Accommodation
  • Employment
  • Weather
  • Education
  • The environment
  • Security
  • Healthcare
  • Cost of living

Accommodation

If you plan to live in Lithuania, you must know where to stay. Housing provides shelter, but it’s more than four walls and a roof. Of course, home affordability is a concern.

Housing is often the main family expense for many households, including rent, gas, electricity, water, furnishings, and repairs. Lithuania spends 18% of its adjusted income on housing.

Overcrowding can damage children’s health, relationships, and development. Dense housing often indicates poor water and sewage supplies. Also, consider living circumstances like the average number of rooms shared per person and if homes have basic conveniences.

The typical Lithuanian house has 1.5 rooms per person, yet 88% have private indoor flushing toilets.

Employment

Having a job has several significant advantages:

Income: It provides a source of money.

Social inclusion: Makes individuals feel connected.

Goal-setting: It allows you to achieve your objectives.

Self-esteem: It promotes self-worth.

Development of skills: Helps you learn and progress.

Only 72% of people aged 15 to 64 have jobs in Lithuania. Unemployed people want to work and are actively searching for a job.

Being unemployed for a long time can harm your well-being, self-esteem, and job skills. In Lithuania, 2.5% of the workforce has been unemployed for over a year.

Two factors determine work quality: pay and security.

Wages: Slovak’s average is USD 31,811 per year.

Job security: Your job security depends on how likely you are to lose it and how long you may be without one.

Also, check How to find a job in Lithuania.

Weather

The weather in Lithuania is warm, and it can be either coastal or continental, based on where you are in the country. In the summer, the coast is about 16 °C, and in the winter, it gets down to -2.50 °C. There are 20 °C average high temperatures in the summer and -6 °C average low temperatures in the winter.

The average amount of rain that falls each year also changes across the country, ranging from 800 mm along the coast to 900 mm in the Samogitia mountains. In the winter, strong storms can hit the eastern part of Lithuania. Every winter in Lithuania, it snows a lot.

Education

Education is vital for a country’s well-being:

Knowledge and Skills: It equips people for life and work.

Job Opportunities: A good education improves job prospects.

Years in Education: Lithuania usually receives 18.5 years of education (from 5 to 39 years).

High school graduation matters as job markets need knowledge-based skills. In Lithuania, 94% of adults aged 25-64 finish high school.

However, graduation numbers don’t indicate education quality. PISA evaluates abilities and knowledge. Lithuania scored 488 in reading, math, and science.

Excellent school systems provide quality education to all students.

The environment

Live in Lithuania? The health effects of air pollution worsen despite national and international actions to reduce it.

Cities have severe air pollution issues. Minor eye irritation, chronic respiratory disorders, and lung cancer are connected. Older people and children are vulnerable.

Consider these environmental factors:

Health risks from air pollution: In Lithuania, PM2.5 is 10.5 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter).

Water: Clean water is essential. 83% of Lithuanian citizens are pleased with their water quality; therefore, be aware of these environmental elements that might affect your health.

Healthcare

For those who live in Lithuania, it’s worth noting that life expectancy has been increasing thanks to better living conditions, healthcare, and public health efforts.

Lithuania’s average lifespan is 76 years. In Lithuania, 46% of people think they are healthy. The self-assessment may vary by gender, age, socioeconomic status, and future healthcare requirements.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Lithuania varies significantly according to different areas of the country.

If you live in Lithuania as a family of four, the average monthly cost is 2,452 euros without rent. For a single person, the average monthly cost is 714 euros without rent.

In Vilnius, a family of four spends about 2,594 euros monthly, while a single person spends around 753 monthly (excluding rent).

Security

Personal safety is essential to well-being. Do you feel comfortable going alone at night? In Lithuania, 62% felt comfortable strolling alone at night.

The homicide rate (the number of murders per 100,000 people) better indicates a country’s safety than the authorities. Lithuania’s homicide rate is 2.5.


Source: OECD

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